- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 12, 2004

After last night’s flogging inside Georgetown’s McDonough Arena, it may take another 32 years before the San Jose State’s basketball team comes east again.

Making their first appearance on the East Coast in a nonconference game since 1972, San Jose State was crushed on the glass, beaten by a Hoya who hadn’t scored all season and mauled by Georgetown’s defense in a 58-40 rout before 2,154 at McDonough.

Georgetown’s tenacious defense held San Jose State to a seasonal scoring low, reserve guard Ray Reed was the Hoyas’ only double-digit scorer with 10 points and center Roy Hibbert recorded a game-high five assists.

“Obviously, when you score 40, you’re not going to win,” Spartans coach Phil Johnson said. “The one thing sitting over there on their bench that really jumps out at you, at least for a coach at a school like ours, is their length. You can get into the lane, get inside, but it’s very difficult to get a shot off, and that shows in the 40 points.”

The Hoyas (4-2) controlled the glass. In the first half, San Jose State (3-4) did not pull down an offensive rebound, and 10 of Georgetown’s 21 first-half rebounds were second-chance opportunities. For the game, Georgetown outrebounded San Jose 37-27 with 16 offensive rebounds.

San Jose State’s inability to rebound the basketball resulted in a season-low 40 shot attempts. The visitors went 15 of 40 (37.5 percent) from the floor.

Reed, who broke his right foot Sept.16 playing pickup basketball, logged 19 minutes and made four of seven shots from the floor. Coming into this game, the 6-foot-1 Reed had missed all nine shots he had taken this season.

First-year Hoyas coach John Thompson III said Reed is starting to show he is nearly recovered.

“Ray missed five or six weeks and it’s a process getting up to snuff, having a feel and playing with the guys, and knowing what I want from him,” Thompson said. “Physically, he’s fine. He can create problems on defense because he’s so quick and so fast.”

Georgetown never trailed. Its defense limited San Jose State of the Western Athletic Conference to a season-low 16 points in the first half, and Georgetown’s offense was balanced, with seven Hoyas scoring five or more points.

Hibbert, who scored six points on three of eight shooting, finished with a pretty nice line. The Big East’s tallest player (7-2) led Georgetown with eight rebounds and also contributed two blocks, a steal and five assists.

In Thompson’s Princeton offense, Hibbert set up high around the foul line and looked for backdoor cutters. If the layup wasn’t there, Georgetown’s big man gave it back to the guards to set up the offense again.

“Roy’s not a mascot,” Thompson said. “For us to have success this year, he has to keep getting better. He has a long way to go, but he’s come a long way. He works hard. He just has to get more comfortable and play more minutes. His size causes a dilemma for people, and his passing will one day cause a dilemma for people.”

San Jose State senior forward Marquin Chandler, a transfer from George Washington, led all players with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Without Chandler’s third double-double in his last four games, this one would have been real ugly.

“It felt good to be back,” Chandler said of returning to the District. “I got a chance to go over there [to GW] and say hello to everybody that I was friends with and some of the people on the staff, but I just got ready like I get ready for every game. I didn’t feel that I needed extra motivation or try to go extra hard.”

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